Award winning tenor Ian Bostridge becomes Youth Music Ambassador

Award winning tenor Ian Bostridge becomes Youth Music Ambassador

Youth Music Ambassador Ian Bostridge. Photo by Ben Ealovega.

Posted: 31 January 2013

We're thrilled that opera singer Ian Bostridge has joined our team of celebrity supporters.

Youth Music’s Executive Director Matt Griffiths says: 

“Ian’s offer to support Youth Music as an Ambassador is most welcome and I’m sure it will prove invaluable. His strong commitment to music, both through his singing and writing, is a great example to the thousands of  children and young people who attend the music projects we support throughout the country. We are grateful for Ian’s willingness to help us as we roll out an ambitious programme to reach out to 650,000 children and young people over the next three years.”


Ian says:

“Music should be a part of every child’s life and I am delighted to become an Ambassador for Youth Music. I particularly support the work it does to encourage musical talent and potential. Without Youth Music’s help, thousands of children across the country might never have discovered their creative musical abilities and their lives are now enriched by their musical experience. I hope anyone who has enjoyed the joys of making music as much as I have done will support Youth Music and perhaps even contribute to its fundraising efforts.”


Although Ian studied history at Oxford and Cambridge, he opted for a career in music and made his operatic debut in 1994 at the age of 29. 

He won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Debut Award for his first solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 1995 and his recordings have since gone on to win most of the major record prizes including the Grammy. 

He has appeared in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and at both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

Ian has performed with the English National Opera, Royal Opera House and Bavarian State Opera. 

Your donations help us do more

If, like Ian, you believe in the transformative power of music-making for young people, donate today.